Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Steps for Creativity in Problem Solving

By Paul Andrew Todd

At times we all have challenges we need to overcome or problems that need solving. This is just part of life. These problems and challenges can be solved with effective step by step focused problem solving. Realize that there is a solution to the problem and believe that you can solve it. Below is listed an easy to follow guide in helping you tackle these challenges and problems.

The first thing you want to do is take out a blank piece of paper. At the top of this page write down your problem or challenge in just one sentience. After you have the problem sentience on paper write down what you know about the problem or challenge. Be specific on what you know about the situation, try to clearly define everything you know about it.

Once the above step is completed you can look over what you have written and see if you can make any connections. Having everything on paper in front of you will allow you to see the big picture and not just separate elements of the picture. Look for things that are interrelated, use your brain and ask questions of what you have written.

Try not to reinvent the wheel. Think of how other people have handle the same or similar problems. Think about how someone you look up to would handle the situation. Try to think about what solutions others would use. next ask yourself if any of the strategies others have used would help in your situation. Can you mold them or change them a little to make them work for you? As you are going through this process it is good to write down any ideas that come to mind. You can look this over later and make a decisions then. The important thing is to get it down on paper now. Your goal is not to make a decision at this point, but to create a large number of ideas.

If your problem or challenge has several different elements it is helpful to break it down to the smallest parts possible. Once you have done this go over the process above once again. This is a very good technique when you are faced with hard to solve complex problems.

Another technique is to imagine how you would like to see the final result. Once you have done this, work your way backwards solving the problems one by one. You can even combine this technique with the one above.

If you are having problems coming up with solutions, ask someone to join you and brainstorm together. When I have a clear defined question I have even asked complete strangers. Amazing enough they sometimes have a point of view that I never even considered. These steps seem very simple, but will get you to the root of the problem and most likely give you an answer. Do not give up, the answer is out there, you just need to find it.

The author Paul Andrew Todd was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and Since a very early age Paul has had a interest in metaphysics. He has read and studied extensively in the fields of spirituality, metaphysics, religion, mind control and other personal improvement areas. Paul has been a certified hypnotherapist for thirteen years. He graduated from the Cincinnati School of Hypnosis in 1996. Paul also has been practicing meditation daily since 1994. He is a trained yoga teacher and meditation instructor. Paul learned yoga at Rishikesh Yogpeeth in India. Since early 2009 Paul has been traveling the world and living on the road. His web site can be found at Increase Creativity

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

What Would You Create If No One Could See It?

By Christopher Edgar

To help us find a compelling direction in life, self-development writers often tell us to ask ourselves "what we'd do if we couldn't fail." For example, we might ask, what kind of book would we write if we knew that whatever we produced was destined to be a #1 bestseller?

I've taken to asking myself basically the opposite question: what would I create if I knew no one would ever care about it? In other words, what would I do if I knew Iwould fail? Believe it or not, this question has been much more helpful to me in finding the direction and motivation I want.

Why? Because I think the reality is that much of our creative output will be ignored - or, at least, it won't get the huge audience we're hoping for - and that's a reality we need to accept and even embrace.

Odds Are That They Won't See It

For instance, I don't know the exact statistics, but I'd wager that close to 100% of writers hope their next book will be a bestseller, or their next blog post will go massively viral, and so on. But how many of them will get what they want? I think it's safe to say the number is much closer to 0% than 100%.

So, since most of our work is overwhelmingly likely to "fail," in the sense that it won't get the attention we want, "what would you do if you couldn't fail" is an unrealistic question. We can, and will often, fail.

But I think the deeper problem with this question is that it plays into the common belief that the pleasure of creating comes from others seeing and appreciating our work, rather than from the act of creation itself.

The conventional wisdom has it that, if lots of people think our project is cool, it must be a "success." But if it doesn't get enough readers, pageviews, retweets, or whatever else, it's a "failure," and we've "got nothing to show for our work."

Being Okay With Being Unseen

If being seen by others is what matters most to us, I think, we're destined for disappointment. Here's why: every creative project requires long periods of unseen, unappreciated work. Even a writer who produces a bestselling book must spend hundreds of hours alone, with no audience, putting it together.

If being by ourselves, unnoticed, is too painful for us, we're going to have trouble making progress in our task. This is a big reason, I think, why many people keep "planning on" doing a big creative project, but never get around to it. They can't bear the thought of all those solitary hours.

But what if being seen wasn't our priority? What if we genuinely enjoyed the project we were doing so much that it didn't matter whether anyone cared about the finished product? If we were having so much fun that it didn't even occur to us to agonize over being unseen?

If we want to know what this kind of project would look like for us, a great question to ask is: what would I do if I knew no one would ever discover my work? If I "knew I'd fail," by the usual standards of fame and fortune? If I knew, whatever the end result was, that I was going to have a blast?

If we can sincerely answer this question, I think, we'll have discovered a true "labor of love."

Chris Edgar is the author of Inner Productivity: A Mindful Path to Efficiency and Enjoyment in Your Work, which uses insights from mindfulness practice and psychology to help readers develop focus and motivation in what they do. You can find out more about the book and Chris's work at http://www.innerproductivity.com/.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Exercising Your Creativity - 10 Tips

By Sheena Witter

Creativity is a lot like any muscle or skill. It has to be stretched and exercised in order to grow. Here are a few simple ways of exercising your creativity and that of your kids.

Ideas for exercising your creativity:

* Keep looking for new ideas - you never know where you will find them or where they might lead.
* Keep an open mind. Don't say "It can't be done," "Silly," or "Impossible."
* Keep your goals in mind, write them down!
* Keep your mind alert and active - Pay attention to your surroundings and look for inspiration everywhere.
* Don't always go it alone. Sharing a problem with someone else may reveal an unexpected solution.
* When your mind says "enough", take a break and get some fresh air. A walk or other outside physical activity is a great way to take a creative break.
* When you reach a dead end, back up and try a new approach. - don't just give up!
* Break a problem down to smaller, logical parts. How do you eat an elephant? Bite by bite.
* Write any useful ideas down when inspired and before you forget.
* In the early stages, don't commit yourself to a single idea - brainstorm as many different solutions as you can. It doesn't matter how unlikely or far-fetched they are.

Exercising your creativity allows you to build skills that will help throughout your entire life. Kids will find school easier and more enjoyable if they can take a creative approach to problem solving.

Sheena is an educator and author who is passionate about creativity. Her website "Growing Creative Kids" is full of ideas, resources and creative inspiration for parents, educators and care givers. http://growingcreativekids.com
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